Selection and commentary by PDC members and authoritative experts in the field
Saturday, December 17th 2016
The change to the governance structure of the Broadcasting Board of Governors through an amendment in the National Defense Authorization Act has raised some concerns that the BBG might turn inward to target American audiences through domestic broadcasting. An article at Politico stated that because of the Smith-Mundt Modernization Act of 2013, "the BBG can now broadcast in the U.S., too.” Fox’s Howard Kurtz was more accurate in writing that the three year-old amendment means that the "BBG's content can also be broadcast in the United States.” The first is inaccurate the second is slightly misleading. Here is why.Read More
Wednesday, December 7th 2016
Guest Post by Todd Leventhal
Todd Leventhal worked countering Soviet, Iraqi, and other disinformation and conspiracy theories at the U.S. Information Agency from 1987 to 1996 and for the State Department from 2002 to 2010 and during 2015. He now works at the Global Engagement Center, an interagency organization within the State Department that seeks to use messaging to decrease recruitment to ISIS and other terrorist groups.Read More
Friday, December 2nd 2016
Reliable public information is under threat by social trends and by people in power who are exploiting vulnerabilities in the media around the globe. That is the gist of comments from yesterday’s panel discussion sponsored by the Center for International Media Assistance.
The panel – titled “Democracy and the Media Challenge in the 21st Century” -- painted a picture brought to mind that movie “The Perfect Storm:” a set of conditions that add up to a lethal mix. The old paradigm of government repression is only one part of the picture, according to panelists.Read More
Thursday, December 1st 2016
Remarks at the Broadcasting Board of Governors public board meeting on November 30, 2016:
Mr. Chairman, Governors, ladies and gentlemen.
My name is Adam Clayton Powell III, and I am President of the Public Diplomacy Council and Director of Washington Programs for the University of Southern California’s Annenberg Center for Communication Leadership and Policy. But these remarks today reflect only my views and not those of either organization.Read More
Wednesday, November 30th 2016
Jeff Shell, Chairman of the Broadcasting Board of Governors, announced at today’s open board meeting that this could be the last meeting of the BBG board.
Under legislation introduced that was to be considered this afternoon, the BBG board members would only serve until the end of their terms – and all board members’ terms have already expired. That means there would be no board, effective immediately.Read More